Don’t understand Idaho’s one-party system politics

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What is happening to this country that was developed of, by and for the people? Elected officials no longer want to learn what the people wish on important bills involving huge numbers of the public. Let’s take eliminating Obamacare for example. There was no opportunity for elected officials or the people to discuss/debate Trump Care, except a few legislators in the Republican Party, before voting on it. Is this how America was developed, a quasi-dictatorship that keeps the people in the background on most important issues?

What about our federal public lands owned by the people of America? There are congressional bills and recommendations by members of one political party, the Big R, on a weekly basis to take away, sell away, give away, etc. our public lands. These same lands, owned and used by the people, bring into the national economy almost a trillion dollars annually, yet officials pay absolutely no attention to this. Not once has any elected federal official, ruled by the Big R, ever polled their constituents to ask them what they want them to do with their public lands. Is this America, a country developed of, by and for the people or are we dropping into a dictatorship?

Let’s look at how one elected official handles public lands. Rep. Raul Labrador volunteered to support a congressional bill to trade away tens of thousands of public lands in the Lochsa Land Exchange without once polling or surveying the people. People objected vehemently. Labrador will now run for governor of Idaho and one of his main objectives is to take away, sell away or give away the people’s public lands and a big majority of people in Idaho will vote for him!

Somebody please explain as I don’t understand Idaho’s one-party system politics.

Harvey Neese

Clarkston, Wash.

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